INDUSTRY PROPOSALS CALLED FOR NEW ROE HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE

INDUSTRY PROPOSALS CALLED FOR NEW ROE HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE

Design and construction proposals are being sought for a new interchange at the busy intersection of Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road in Perth.

The project is part of the Morrison Government’s $11 billion road and rail investment in WA – that will bust congestion and boost jobs across the state.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure, and Population Alan Tudge said the project would make the daily commute easier for motorists and improve freight efficiency for truck drivers.

“The project is part of the Morrison Government’s nation-wide, once-in-a-generation solution to solving traffic congestion,” Mr Tudge said.

“The new intersection will improved traffic flows and travel times on what is a key route across Perth’s eastern suburbs.”

Almost 60,000 vehicles pass through the intersection each day and up to 14 per cent are heavy vehicles.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the project was one of many improvements underway for the transport network in Perth’s eastern corridor.

“Construction of a dual carriageway on Reid Highway between Malaga Drive and Altone Road is progressing well as part of NorthLink WA, while the New Lord Street project linking Reid Highway and Gnangara Road is on track for completion in late 2018,” Ms Saffioti said.

“We have also called for proposals from industry to complete the dual carriageway on Reid Highway, between Altone Road and West Swan Road, in early 2019.

The important road upgrades will also complement the Federally backed METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line, which will connect some of WA’s fastest-growing suburbs with Perth and the rest of our rail network.                

Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt said the upgraded Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road interchange would benefit more than just motorists and truck drivers.

“A shared path is included on the eastern side of the highway, with local links provided for pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Wyatt said.

“Roe Highway is likely to pass under Kalamunda Road and connections between the two roads will be retained through roundabouts and ramps, making life easier for families, businesses and commuters.”

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said the upgrade would make the intersection safer.

“The upgraded interchange will eliminate one of the last remaining signalised intersections on the highway,” Mr Irons said.

“Replacing the current intersection, which is heavily congested and has a higher than average number of crashes, with a new, safer interchange will make a significant difference for all those travelling along this road.”

The $86 million Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road) – Grade Separated Interchange upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, with the Australian Government committing $68.8 million and the Western Australian government committing $17.2 million.

Construction is expected to start in mid-2019 and be completed in the second half of 2020, weather permitting.

Media Contact:

Mr Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923

Ms Saffioti – Joel Kelly 0437 055 803

Mr Wyatt – Nick Way 0419 835 449